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Ex Machina (Trailer)

by Paul Strauss

The first official U.S. trailer for Ex Machina has dropped, and it’s looking like it could be one of the science fiction movies to watch this Spring. It was directed by Alex Garland, who previously wrote some of Danny Boyle’s best films, including 28 Days Later and Sunshine.

The film hits U.S. theaters on April 10, 2015, and from the looks of the trailer and early buzz on Rotten Tomatoes, it sounds like it could be excellent. Certainly, the setup for the story is intriguing:

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).

Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated – and more deceptive – than the two men could have imagined.

I wonder what Eva would think of Chappie.

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